Among other points, this beautiful essay contrasts how Ronald Reagan publicly revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis — and how Margaret Thatcher was so private that the public does not know what her diagnosis was. In any case Paula Span writes, “dementia is part of their stories, and of so many others’.”

The long list of roles Margaret Thatcher played during her 87 years – potent politician, free-market evangelist, labor antagonist, dominant global leader – includes the one she never publicly discussed: person with dementia. The stroke that killed her on Monday was not her first. Mrs.

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